Monday, February 1, 2016

Standard Commander: Anafenza, the Foremost

Welcome to a new series that will update twice a year: Standard Commander. This will be a way to get into the format with cards you already have or can easily pick up. Starting with the new Two-Block Paradigm, I'll be making changes to each deck with every rotation.

This week, I present to you a deck featuring Anafenza, the Foremost.

Anafenza, the Foremost


x1 Anafenza, the Foremost

Legendary Creatures (10)

x1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
x1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
x1 Daghatar the Adamant
x1 Dragonlord Dromoka
x1 Drana, Liberator of Malakir
x1 Dromoka, the Eternal
x1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
x1 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
x1 Liliana, Heretical Healer
x1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer

Creatures (19)

x1 Abzan Battle Priest
x1 Abzan Falconer
x1 Ainok Bond-Kin
x1 Arashin Cleric
x1 Armament Corps
x1 Deathmist Raptor
x1 Den Protector
x1 Disowned Ancestor
x1 Elite Scaleguard
x1 Hangarback Walker
x1 Heir of the Wilds
x1 Ivorytusk Fortress
x1 Mer-Ek Nightblade
x1 Rakshasa Deathdealer
x1 Siege Rhino
x1 Snapping Gnarlid
x1 Sylvan Advocate
x1 Warden of the First Tree
x1 Wingmate Roc

Instants (7)

x1 Abzan Charm
x1 Dromoka's Command
x1 Inspiring Call
x1 Murderous Cut
x1 Ultimate Price
x1 Utter End
x1 Valorous Stance

Sorceries (9)

x1 Duress
x1 Flaying Tendrils
x1 Incremental Growth
x1 Infinite Obliteration
x1 Languish
x1 Ruinous Path
x1 Self-Inflicted Wound
x1 Tragic Arrogance
x1 Transgress the Mind

Enchantments (6)

x1 Abzan Ascendancy
x1 Hardened Scales
x1 Retreat to Hagra
x1 Retreat to Kazandu
x1 Silkwrap
x1 Stasis Snare

Artifacts (9)

x1 Abzan Banner
x1 Alchemist's Vial
x1 Chitinous Cloak
x1 Dromoka Monument
x1 Hero's Blade
x1 Meteorite
x1 Prism Ring
x1 Veteran's Sidearm
x1 Vial of Dragonfire

Planeswalkers (4)

x1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
x1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
x1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
x1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (35)

x1 Blighted Fen
x1 Blighted Steppe
x1 Blighted Woodland
x1 Blossoming Sands
x1 Canopy Vista
x1 Caves of Koilos
x1 Evolving Wilds
x1 Hissing Qagmire
x1 Jungle Hollow
x1 Llanowar Wastes
x1 Rogue's Passage
x1 Sandsteppe Citadel
x1 Scoured Barrens
x1 Shambling Vent
x1 Tranquil Expanse
x1 Unknown Shores
x1 Windswept Heath
x6 Plains
x6 Swamp
x6 Forest

For this deck, I wanted to get various aspects from Standard Abzan decks along with a theme with +1/+1 counters.

As far as the +1/+1 counters go, there are a few key cards:

Abzan Battle Priest  Abzan Falconer  Ainok Bond-Kin
Elite Scaleguard  Mer-Ek Nightblade  Ivorytusk Fortress

While these creatures put +1/+1 counters on themselves, they add important abilities such as deathtouch, first strike, and lifelink.

Siege Rhino  Deathmist Raptor  Den Protector

Additionally, there are several properties of Abzan Midrange with Siege Rhino, Deathmist Raptor, and Den Protector. It's pretty much an EDH deck that blends all the Standard Abzan decks together and reduces all cards to single copies instead of the three or four copies you would expect of certain cards.

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